Rehearsal images have been released for Maxine Peake's Hamlet at the Royal Exchange Theatre, which opens on 11 September 2014.

Peake takes the title role in Shakespeare's tragedy, alongside Gillian Bevan as Polonia, Katie West as Ophelia, John Shrapnel as Claudius, Barbara Marten as Gertrude, Claire Benedict as Player King, Jodie McNee as Rosencrantz and Ashley Zhangazha as Laertes.

The rest of the cast comprises Thomas Arnold, Michelle Butterly, Dean Gregory, Tachia Newall, Peter Singh and Ben Stott.

Hamlet runs at the Royal Exchange Theatre until 18 October.